Mobile PET-CT Scan Available at Pullman Regional Hospital
Apr 7, 2016
PET-CT imaging, which is used for the detection of cancer within the body, will soon be available at Pullman Regional Hospital. The mobile service, provided through IsoScan based in Boise, Idaho, will be on-site at the hospital every Tuesday starting April 12.
Positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET scan images the biology of disorders at the molecular level, while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. A CT scan is able to detect and localize changes in the body structure or anatomy, such as the size, shape and exact location of an abnormal growth, a sizeable tumor or a musculoskeletal injury. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well established imaging modalities in to a single scan.
Physicians utilize PET/CT scans for diagnosing, staging and evaluating treatments for their cancer patients but it can also be used to detect heart disease and certain brain disorders. This is a physician referral service performed by certified PET/CT technicians.
“We are pleased to provide this service for the convenience of our patients,” said Darin Porter, director of Imaging Services at Pullman Regional Hospital. “At a time when patients are feeling anxious, we want to make care as convenient and patient focused as we can.”
For more information, please visit www.pullmanregional.org and click on “Patient Care,” then “Services.”